Sculpture Artist: Lorraine Bonner
Sculpture Artist: Lorraine Bonner
It was a pleasure meeting and talking with this 19 year old sophomore. Ms. Johnson among many other things is a sexual assualt survivor who is using her paintings, chapbook and music to help other women self-liberate from their trauma. You can read more about the campus support group she founded on Mills College here.
Here’s an entry from the chapbook.
Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 12:46 PM
i remember that I can’t remember anything prior to 3 yrs old
i remember that I have lived through trauma
i remember moving from Santa Monicia-Oakland-Santa Monica-Oakland…
in the middle of the night
i remember watching people smoke crack in front of me
i remember seeing my mother beat
i remember moving constantly
i remember seeing porn at the age of 4
i remember how he would pin me behind the door…
i remember starting my period when I was 8
i remember people that hated me for my body
i remember in 5th grade boys called me the hottie
I remember the first time I was raped
I remember the second time too[8 years total]
I remember I carried on a relationship with a pedophile
I remember the first time I realized I was abused
I remember I told everyone in my poems
I remember everyone was blind to know them
I remember that no one could help
I remember being 17 and pregnant…and having a miscarriage…
I remember when I was 18 and decided to say
I remember that you will remember me
I remember that this is where our story begins.
Excerpt from Cultural Confluences:
My signature paintings, with their super-realistic, crisply rendered compositions convey a subtle message of visibility for the socially and politically disenfranchised peoples in my personal social landscape–people of color, women, lesbians, and gay men.(pg. 27)
Cultural Confluences: The Art of Lenore Chinn order on-line.
OMCA comes alive to celebrate the power of the drum and the African rhythms that infiltrate the soundtrack of our lives. Rock out to the righteous beats of the Lagos Roots Afrobeat Ensemble, featuring members of Fela Kuti & the Afrika 70, Sonny Okosuns, and more. Join master drummer CK Ladzekpo and famed composer Anthony Brown along with guest drummers and African dancers for a special musical storytelling presentation sampling the progression of African drumming through history. Hear the hambone as revived by Derique McGee. Listen to Duane Deterville talk about California’s history of resistance in jazz and the role of jazz in visual art. Enjoy an inspired menu with local ingredients from Whole Foods Market® as you chill in the Blue Oak café, with music provided by Bill Bell and The Jazz Connection Trio; then head to the Soundtrack Lounge to enjoy DJsWonway Posibul and Jonasty. Explore all of the OMCA galleries, and get a sneak peek at the special exhibition Splendors of Faith/Scars of Conquest before it opens the next day. Included with Museum admission. In partnership with Amoeba Music and Whole Foods Market®.
SF Bay Area: Palestinian Queer Activists Talk Politics
Cherríe Moraga moderated the public forum.
What does the Palestinian queer movement have in common with other LGBTQ movements worldwide?
How can we understand and work with issues of visibility and the notion of “coming out” within the Palestinian context?
What are the questions, goals, beliefs and dreams of the Palestinian queer movement?
Read more here.
Privately, I asked Cherríe if she would respond to one pressing question for Skyeview.
How do you respond to lesbians of color in particuar and people in general in the US who fail to recognize the intersections between our struggles here in the US, and the pro-democracy uprisings in the Maghreb, the Middle East and beyond? What say ye to the sistern?
Corporate Democracy vs Real Democracy
Cherríe commented that sistern who proclaim what’s going on over there doesn’t have anything to do with us over here, is making the assumption that there is separation between “us” and “them”. There is no separation between the lives of LOC’s in the US and pro-democracy demonstrators abroad. People need to understand that geopolitical boundaries are rapidly disappearing if not already disappeared. In one of those poignant Martin Luther King, Jr. “I may not get there with you” moments, Cherríe predicts that within 30 years, possibly at the end of her life, the world will be a completely different place.
Cherríe noted, sistern in the US experiencing difficulty with grasping intersecting oppressions simply need to understand that the pro-democracy protesters in the Maghreb and the Middle East are seeking the same type of economic, civic and political benefits that Americans have enjoyed for centuries. A crucial difference is that they are seeking REAL democracy, something we don’t have in the US. Here in the US, we have CORPORATE democracy–we are not citizens, we are consumers.
May the ancestors continue to hold you in their favor sistah comrade.